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Chicago boy, 5, shot in 2016, accidentally shoots self in hand

December 21, 2017 GMT

Chicago boy, 5, shot in 2016, accidentally shoots self in hand

CHICAGO, Illinois — A 5-year-old boy who was wounded by a stray bullet in 2016 accidentally shot himself in the hand Tuesday night after finding a handgun hidden under his father’s mattress, reports say.

Kavan Collins was in good condition at Comer Children’s Hospital after the accident, police tell NBC Chicago.

Kavan’s mother, Dantignay Brashear, tells the Chicago Tribune that her son believes he needs a gun for protection after he was seriously wounded in the face by a stray bullet in June 2016.

“Ever since his first tragedy, he (hasn’t) been the same,” Brashear says. “He’s growing up to think that’s what he needs for protection. And he’ll say that out of his own mouth.”

Police have charged Kavan’s father, Kevin Collins, 25, with felonies of being an armed habitual criminal, unlawful use of a weapon, and possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, the Tribune reports.

According to USA Today, Kavan lives in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood. Overall, the city has had nearly 1,400 murders and 7,000 shootings since January 2016. However, murders are down about 15 percent and shootings have decreased 21 percent in 2017.

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